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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Duranta

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Verbenaceae

About 30 species, native in the Caribbean and South America. Duranta erecta, originating from Argentina, was introduced to southern Africa as a garden ornamental shrub but has become naturalised. An additional species, Duranta stenostachya, is cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Duranta erecta

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Duranta stenostachya

Native to Martinique.


Herbivores in southern Africa

Coelonia mauritii (Fulvous Hawkmoth).

Caterpillars recorded eating leaves of Duranta erecta.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)